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Histotechnologist

Job ID: 128253
Medical Laboratory/Pathology
FT
West Chester, PA, United States
Apr 13, 2022

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Description

Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

General Summary Statement

Performs a variety of functions as a member of the Surgical Pathology (Histology) work group preparing tissue samples for gross and microscopic evaluation by the Pathologist and/or Pathologist Assistant. All activities comply with established policy, procedure, standards and practices outlined in the department manuals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides appropriate clear, accurate & timely intra/extradepartmental communication

Communications are professional & complete within appropriate situation context

2. Demonstrates annual CLIA/CAP/JCAHO compliance for age specific competency Participates/monitors quality with appropriate meaningful accurate activities

Contributes to maintaining high department skill and service levels that meet needs

Minimizes error meeting/exceeding standards without repetitive/significant problems

3. Enhances efficiency, production and output with appropriate task prioritization

Assesses workflow patterns assuring appropriate TAT and task performance

4. Monitors and participates in PreAnalytic testing phase laboratory activities to include:

o Assurance of specimen receipt with identification verification procedures

o Evaluation of specimen condition maintaining specimen integrity

o Coordinating accession activities with the office and other technical staff

o Supporting the PA in the gross room

o Assurance that the gross room bench is equipped and daily tasks completed

o Participating in gross biopsy processing and assisting with FS procedures

Monitors and participates in Analytic testing phase laboratory activities to include:

o Appropriate embedding and microtomy minimizing cross-contamination

o Routine and special procedures with compliant reagents for techniques

o Maintaining PM and QC assignments that meet standard

Monitors and participates in PostAnalytic testing phase laboratory activities to include:

o Review and distribution of accurate quality diagnostic materials (blocks and slides)

o Appropriate target TAT for prompt service delivery

5. Provides bench status (report) when leaving the work area

Communicates occurrences beyond accepted/expected parameters

Coordinates daily bench tasks with volume workflow

Maintains areas of responsibility in compliance with accreditation guidelines

6. Uses good judgement during task performance while consulting on non-routine issues

Assessments are carefully formulated with documentation compliance

Utilizes resources responsibly making thoughtful decisions regarding: equipment,

the physical facility, supplies and inventory to insure continuous service delivery

7. Maintains a safe professional environment observing identification/security procedure

Maintain equipment safely by diligently following instrument PM/QC schedules

Maintains patient safety initiatives respecting focus and concentration of self/others

8. Monitors bench activities that comply with target TAT and enhance workflow

Engage in training initiatives that enhance skill levels meeting needs and standards

9. Interactions and demeanor are positive and without conflict

Complies with department and hospital policies, procedures, objectives and standards

Contributes to training and monitoring of staff performance

Promotes uniform adherence to department and hospital policy and procedure

10. Enhances team building efforts and supports change with acceptance and flexibility

Equitably supports daily operations accurately following policy and procedure

11. Identifies and resolves routine problems independently using appropriate resources

Improves services with support/involvement in developing new methods and products

12. Reports at station prepared to begin bench tasks at start of shift; schedules PTO

appropriately; follows department and hospital work-time related rules; gives report

Education Training and Experience

Completion of an accredited Histotechnology training program or equivalent, or a Medical Technology training program that includes Histotechnology training, is required. An Associates Degree is preferred. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a full service histology laboratory with knowledge of specialized techniques is required. Must possess the ability to operate and maintain: 1) complex laboratory equipment providing routine histology services and 2) Hospital/Laboratory Information Systems. Must have knowledge of accreditation requirements, compliance methods and inspection preparedness.

 

Licensure/Certification

HT (ASCP), MT/MLT(ASCP), HTL(ASCP) or eligible.

Work Environment and Hazards

Laboratory environment. May be exposed to potentially hazardous substances, contaminated specimens or unpleasant odors.

Work Contact Group

Pathologists, other laboratory employees, physicians and other hospital employees.

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

    Live Your Life's Work

    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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